Monday, April 20, 2009

Pitsea drug trreatment centre application withdrawn

Very good news that the planning application by Essex County Council for a drug and alcohol treatment centre in Pitsea town centre has been withdrawn. Unfortunately, the proposed location was the in the middle of a parade of shops, and was clearly unsuitable. Credit goes to the County for being so responsive to local feeling, which was pretty unanimously against the proposed site, and for stopping the application so quickly. Of course, we are committed to give people the help that they need, and drug addicts in particular must be given the chance to get off their poison and back into some kind of a life. That can't be at the expense of the rest of the community though. I am sure that between Essex and Basildon Councils, local Councillors and local people we can come up with a solution that meets everyone's needs.

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